I love the days after the feast, where cooking is minimal and time is spent either visiting good friends or collapsing at home on the sofa. No trip to the mall for me or mine, no movie-theater excursion just yet. I have been watching my favorite classics on DVD and making progress on two projects intended for post-Christmas gifting.
The first is another of my cowls knitted on the bias, in heavenly warm and delicate Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I have had a couple of skeins in this particular colorway for years. In their stash drawer, next to other, more vibrant colors, I worried that this shade of pink was too pale and almost washed out, but on its own, it really is a thing of beauty. No one does colors like Rowan yarns and the color card for Kidsilk Haze is just exceptional.
I have been working hard at shrinking my stash over the past year, and now it really is down to a more manageable size and to lovely yarns that make me happy and that I have every intention of using up to the last inch. My hodgepodge of a stash is now a classy and pretty wonderful pile, and best of all, I am done feeling guilty about my years of wild acquisitions. There!
This time I did start with a provisional cast-on so that I can kitchener the edges once I have reached ideal cowl-length. I just grabbed a length of sock yarn that was handy, and it occurred to me that this style of provisional cast on in contrast yarn could make a cute embellishment on a scarf some day. Or perhaps not!
Finally, as my New York daughter noticed how comfy and pretty my own hand-knit socks looked when I had them on (which is to say, all the time, this winter), I offered to knit her a pair of her own, which she gladly accepted. I had a couple of skeins of sock yarn stashed away (no guilt: see above). She chose this one, Lang Yarns' Jawoll Color. It's my second or third time knitting with this sock yarn and I am very pleased with the quality; a spool of coordinating polyester (I think) is included inside the skein and intended to reinforce strategic parts of the socks. I forgot to use it on the heel but will definitely add it as I get to the toe. This colorway is especially pretty, I think. The New York daughter leaves by the end of the week so I have just a few days to whip out sock #2.